Education: Sexual Risk Avoidance


What we do:

Our Sexual Risk Avoidance program is titled “Promoting Health Among Teens! – Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Intervention.” This program is research-and-evidence-based, culturally relevant for our target population, adaptable based on the delivery needs of youth development partners and includes corresponding parent components. It has been proven effective in reducing the risk of HIV, STDs and teen pregnancy. Students in our program learn about abstinence and the costs and benefits of birth control. The core elements of this program are as follows:

  1. Teach correct information about HIV, STDs, pregnancy, prevention and contraception

  2. Address behavioral attitudes and outcome expectancies

  3. Build negotiation and problem-solving skills

  4. Build self-efficacy in adolescents and a desire to practice abstinence

Teen Program Summary:

Our teen program consists of 5 sessions covering topics about relationships, self-esteem, boundaries, emotional and physical consequences of sex (STDs/HIV, unplanned pregnancy), technology and pornography. The sessions can be broken up into a variety of time lengths to meet an organization's needs. If requested, the youth can be split into gender-focused groups to allow for and encourage a more comfortable conversation environment. Each presentation will be led by a trained Hope Clinic staff member and/or volunteer, who is skilled in presenting the material and encouraging discussion. In addition to the prevention staff, a medical staff member will also be present at different times throughout the program to help answer any medical questions.

Parent/Youth Leader Program Summary:

As part of our youth prevention program, we also provide a parenting/train-the-trainer program. Parents and/or youth leaders of the students in the abstinence program will be educated in the same material, in order to continue the conversation at home and within the organization. This program is also appropriate for parents of soon-to-be-teens as a way to prepare for these tough conversations in the future. The parent/train-the-trainer program will cover topics about relationships (healthy vs. unhealthy), maintaining open-door conversation, the consequences of sex, consent and partner pressure, etc. Although a medical staff member may not always be present for these trainings, we still take any and all questions and present them to our medical staff if needed.


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Current Partners


Aspiring Youth Enrichment Services, Backfield in Motion, Bethlehem Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle TN, CSDN of TN, Fannie Battle Day Home, Franktown Open Hearts, Harvest Hands, HealthConnect America, Martha O’Bryan Center, My Friend’s House, Oasis Center, Preston Taylor Ministries, Salama, The Spot, Y.O.D.A, YCAP, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Youth Encouragement Services, Youth Villages


Antioch Middle School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Ezell Harding Christian School, Father Ryan High School, Fisk University, Joelton Middle School, Metro Nashville Public Schools (recently approved), Nashville Christian School, Pope JP II High School, RePublic High School, St. Ann School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Valor Collegiate Academy, Wright Middle School


61st Ave United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, CrossPoint Church, First Apostolic, Forest Hills Baptist, Grace Chapel, Holy Family Catholic Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Olive Branch Church, Rolling Hills Community